This federal certification requirement, designed to prevent fraudulent or improper use of government funds, applies to all grants and cooperative agreements and to most contracts. Applicants must certify that they, their principals, and their researchers:
- aren’t debarred, suspended, ineligible for, or excluded from funding by any federal entity
- haven’t been convicted of fraud or a criminal offense in connection with federal agreements within the past three years
- haven’t been convicted of violating federal statutes within the past three years
- haven’t been convicted of committing any form of theft or fraud within the past three years
- haven’t been charged with any of these crimes by any government entity
- haven’t had any government agreements terminated for cause or default within the past three years
Any subawardee or contractor who will get $25,000 or more must also so certify.
False certification could result in termination of the grant and debarment, suspension, or both.